Take A Look Inside Elon Musk’s Ad Astra School 2021: Technology has played a consistent and vital role in the human education system by pushing education capacities higher and higher. Talking about technology and innovation, Elon Musk is considered to be the torchbearer globally in the 21st century.
The Ad Astra school, meaning to the stars in Latin launched by Elon Musk in 2014 is now no secret from the world. The school was created by him to educate his children and children of SpaceX employees, more in line with the realities of what the kids will face in their future.
Elon announced Ad Astra in an interview with a Beijing television station in 2015, he stated quote, there aren’t any grades making all children go to the same grade at the same time is like an assembly line.
And instead, children, age seven to 14 work together in teams, and while they are taught to the problem, not to the tool, it makes the relevance, the tool apparent for them wondering how the school is different from the regular schools we went to.
Elon has run an experimental non-profit-driven school Ad Astra at a SpaceX organization’s base camp at Hawthorne, California. Musk began the school after pulling all of his children out of Los Angeles, private schools, and employed one of his child’s teachers as the principal, that man being Josh Dhan, who is also the co-founder of Ad Astra School.
Elon was not satisfied with the regular education system that was focusing more on tools and formulas rather than developing interest and skills. To present his analogy, he meant to focus on finding the students’ interests, whether it’s music, paintingm robots, buildings, or plans, he wanted to match their aptitude level to that.
He is known to always make his way of doing things when he is not happy with the way that the world is doing things, whether it’s creating sustainable rockets, electric cars, e-payments, or creating a school. When a school means to the stars, Ad Astra aims to achieve great things.
The meaning perfectly aligns with what Elon Musk does and builds. This school had no official website until 2017. Nonetheless, it’s the one school, every elite LA parent wants their kid to get into. This school has almost 50 students between seven and 14 years old.
The IRS documents note, it will probably never exceed 50 students because of the intense staff-to-student ratio. In 2017, 400 families competed for 12 openings. To gain admissions would-be students must pass a reasoning test developed by child psychologists.
Ad Astra believes in developing future leaders through multidisciplinary problem-solving and reasoning through first principles. In layman’s terms, first principles are fundamentally the act of effectively questioning each assumption you think you know about a given issue or a situation.
And afterward making new information and arrangements without any preparation, practically like an infant. This simply means- how could you rethink something which is already done in order to make it better? Think of Nikolai Tesla didn’t approach the first principles. Then the world would have never seen the electricity revolution and the other 300 patents worldwide of his inventions.